Mark Driscoll has been a bad boy. But this is nothing new. He’s always had kind of a wild west rebel gunslinger approach to pastoring that has rubbed most of the old guard the wrong way. But lately things have seemed to escalate.
At the prodding of my wife Heather last night, I sequestered myself with my son in his room to play with Legos. My son Owen was showing all the signs of an empty “love tank” (as Heather calls it) and play time is what fills Owen’s tank.
Learning to trust God is a bit like learning to sky dive against your will and without a parachute. You got on this crazy ride because the guy selling tickets told you that the sense of freedom you would experience once you got up there in the sky was life-altering. What he didn’t tell you was that by “life-altering” he meant, “potentially life-ending”.
I’m a pastor of a small church in a small town. I don’t want to sound like a whiner, but I’m tired of hearing prominent pastors and leaders encouraging a mentality that urban ministry is more important than rural and telling young, potential leaders to go to the big cities because that’s where their talent and gifting will be best utilized.
Gimme a break.
Michael Frost talks about how to model Jesus’ way of reaching people. He asked questions and listened. We have a long history of not doing much listening and instead force-feeding things down the throats of our communities and then wondering why they don’t swallow it down.
With all the talk of decline in the American Church these days, it’s time for us to do something about it. I know many solutions have been offered for this crisis, but I think I have something to say that will turn the tide. After all, if we don’t do something fast the next president may be another Democrat.
It’s not exactly a sermon in the traditional sense of the word, but it will do.
Happy Resurrection Day!
In preparing for Easter, I’ve been reading the accounts of Jesus’ appearances after the resurrection and noting the impact. It’s a pretty cool way to approach Easter. One thread that I have picked up on has not been obvious to me until now.